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The US Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) issued this memo to reinforce the key points made in their November 12, 2014 letter that addresses whether a State Department of Education (SDE) or a Local Education Agency (LEA – School Districts) is permitted to establish procedures that further define the disability category, “visual impairment including blindness”.  The memo provides additional guidance on this important issue and shares information from outside resources related to the identification and evaluation of children suspected of having a visual impairment including blindness. (June 2017)

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)  The Louisiana Elementary and Secondary Education Plan pursuant to the Federal ESSA law will be submitted to the US Department of Education for federal review on April 15, 2017.  Even though there was much opposition to this early submission, The Special Education Advisory Panel (SEAP) and The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) both voted to submit the plan in April. (May 2017)

Child Care Assistance for Summer Care    The Louisiana Department of Education has revised their Child Care Assistance Program Summer Care forms and rates.  Click on the link for a copy of the new form. (May 2017)